- a small wood or thicket.
Origin of spinney
Related Words for spinneythicket, scrub, shrubbery, undergrowth, grove, cover, coppice, hedge, copse, dingle, sedge, underwood, brushwood, fern, gorse, bracken, spinney, chaparral, orchard, covert
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Historical Examples of spinney
Do you remember long ago at the gate over there leading to Drake's Spinney?Dross
Henry Seton Merriman
As I got to that spinney at the edge of the quarry, I saw Mallalieu and our clerk.The Borough Treasurer
Joseph Smith Fletcher
So he found her when he came round the corner of the spinney.Anna the Adventuress
E. Phillips Oppenheim
The spinney is cut down to the stumps—even the lilacs and the syringas, to the stumps.
So farewell, spinney; I have promised myself that I will never enter it again.
- mainly British a small wood or copse
Word Origin for spinney
1590s, from Old French espinei (Modern French épinaie) "place full of thorns and brambles," from espine (see spine).